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Blake Patterson
Works at TouchArcade.com
Attended Christopher Newport University
Lives in Alexandria, VA
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I had some fun in the basement computer room this weekend,

http://www.bytecellar.com/2016/06/07/gearing-up-for-proper-bbsing-with-the-raspberry-pi/
A few recent retro challenges I've undertaken had me wanting to spend a bit more time logged in to BBS's strewn here and there about the web. I've spent an enormous amount of time on BBS's over the years, nearly all of it long ago on systems that we today consider to be vintage.
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My personal look back,
A few days ago I was running through twitter when I saw Peter Cohen (@flargh) link to a blog post he had written about distraction free writing and the focused simplicity of a 30 year old word processor. Reading the article, I began to reflect upon the word processors I have used over the past ...
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Others I used included Atari Writer, PaperClip, WordPerfect, ProWrite Amiga, Wordsworth Amiga, and more
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An interesting little Tumblr site.

"During the '70s and '80s computers were new and novel. This prompted many computer magazines of the day to include a few comic cells in their issues to poke fun at / diffuse the cryptic nature of early computers. This is an effort to get these little (sometimes painful) gems in front of eyes that missed them the first time around."
During the '70s and '80s computers were new and novel. This prompted many computer magazines of the...
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April was Apple Month at r/Retrobattlestations, so I fired up my Lisa 2/10 to give the shout out and enter the contest for u/Foxxtexx's lovely retro vinyl stickers. She's a lovely girl, isn't she? A complete list of the fun I've had with r/Retrobattlestations' challenges over the years can be ...
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An impressive homage (that I had a hand in) to a game studio of note. Timeframe: early/mid-'80s.
Some of my most treasured items in the basement computer room or “The Byte Cellar” (cue my daughter rolling her eyes) are on the wall. The room is full of system setups from the '80s and '90s, and I love spending time in front of all of them, but the items I've collected, framed, and hung on the ...
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A few recent retro challenges I've undertaken had me wanting to spend a bit more time logged in to BBS's strewn here and there about the web. I've spent an enormous amount of time on BBS's over the years, nearly all of it long ago on systems that we today consider to be vintage.
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I used to run a BBS that was part of FidoNet. I probably still have a hayes compatible modem somewhere in my boxes of stuff. Maybe I should dig it out.

Do many BBS's still exist? I remember that I used Telix back in the day. I have a feeling that there is a Linux clone of this.
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Yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of the opening of the first Apple retail stores, one at Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia and one at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California. Together the stores saw nearly 8000 people and $600000 in sales during their opening weekend.
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1982 vs. 2016
On May 3rd, my daughter turned 10 years old. This is something that is nearly impossible for me to actually believe, given how rapidly the decade has flown by. It really does feel like she was born yesterday. (Or last week, anyway.) I could ramble long on this feeling, but it would be difficult ...
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More a side note than a comment: I find it interesting that most people I know, who were in their late teens when home computers arrived, tend generally to be less impressed by the progress than those who are 10 years or so younger. E.g., for me, computers were first some distant big iron mainframes and then, when they became available at a personal level, their technical limitations were pretty obvious and painfully observed. To do something for real, you had to have access to a mainframe just the same. It took some time for personal equipment to catch up, but then it still came with some compromises. (Think of downloading apps in stead of direct access, etc.)
I don't know, whether this withstands generalization or not.
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Some of my most treasured items in the basement computer room or “The Byte Cellar” (cue my daughter rolling her eyes) are on the wall. The room is full of system setups from the '80s and '90s, and I love spending time in front of all of them, but the items I've collected, framed, and hung on the ...
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Great memories and great games I sued to play on my Apple //e…

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A hardware reference grid I've been maintaining that might be of help in determining relative capabilities of the various iOS devices.

http://blakespot.com/ios_device_specifications_grid.html
Device, Model ID, Year, SoC, RAM (MB), Mem Speed (MHz), Mem Type, CPU, CPU Arch, Data Width, # CPU Cores, CPU Clock (MHz), Cache L1 • L2 • L3, Motion Coprocessor, Geekbench Score, GPU, # GPU Cores, GPU Clock (MHz), Screen Res, PPI, Screen Size (inches), Device ...
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Education
  • Christopher Newport University
    Computer Science, 1991 - 1995
  • Old Dominion University
    1995 - 1995
  • Hampton Roads Academy
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Married
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Tagline
I run TouchArcade.com and ByteCellar.com. I am a game lover and a retro nut.
Work
Occupation
Blogger, Developer
Employment
  • TouchArcade.com
    Blogger, Developer, 2008 - present
  • AFL-CIO
    Web Developer, 2001 - 2011
  • Computer Sciences Corporation
    Web Developer, 1999 - 2001
  • Acuity Technology Services
    Tech Consultant, 1998 - 1999
  • University of Virginia
    Systems Engineer, 1997 - 1998
  • Gannett Fleming Inc.
    System Administrator, 1996 - 1997
  • ViGYAN Inc.
    Developer, 1993 - 1994
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Currently
Alexandria, VA
Previously
Charlottesville, VA - Williamsburg, VA - Newport News, VA - Yorktown, VA